• Advocacy News 

    June 15, 2018

    SCAI Advocacy Highlights

    Advocating on behalf of SCAI’s members, the patients we serve, and our profession.
    June 05, 2018

    ACC-SCAI Coding Recommendation

    Coding for resting percutaneous ventricular assist device (pVAD) repositioning without imaging guidance
    May 31, 2018

    Contact Senate Appropriators Today to Support Strong FDA Oversight of Tobacco Products

    SCAI continued its support for a number of advocacy efforts being spearheaded by the public health community to encourage congressional appropriators to maintain strong Food and Drug Administration (FDA) oversight of tobacco products.
    May 04, 2018

    SCAI Joins AMA Seeking Revisions to MIPS Reporting Period

    The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) has joined with the American Medical Association and others to urge the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to reduce the 2018 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) quality measure reporting period from a calendar year to a minimum of 90 consecutive days.
    April 04, 2018

    Issues of High Interest to SCAI members in MedPAC’s March Report to Congress

    On March 15, 2018, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) released its March 2018 Report to the Congress regarding Medicare payment policy. The report includes MedPAC’s recommendations for how Congress should update payment rates in fee-for-service (FFS) Medicare for 2019.
    April 02, 2018

    SCAI’s “Eyes and Ears” on the Hill April 2nd

    Weekly Newsletter from Hart Health Strategies Hart Health Strategies newsletter for the week of April 2nd. Now you can also listen to our newsletter through our podcast, Health on the Hill. Subscribe to the podcast in iTunes by clicking here, and you will receive new episodes as they are published. If you have an Android device without iTunes, you can listen to episodes on SoundCloud by clicking here.
    February 26, 2018

    The RUC – Getting “Closer to the Truth” in Reimbursement for Physician Services/Procedures

    The RUC – Getting “Closer to the Truth” in Reimbursement for Physician Services/Procedures
    February 22, 2018

    SCAI’s “Eyes and Ears” on the Hill

    Hart Health Strategies newsletter for the week of February 18th. Now you can also listen to our newsletter through our podcast, Health on the Hill. Subscribe to the podcast in iTunes by clicking here, and you will receive new episodes as they are published. If you have an Android device without iTunes, you can listen to episodes on SoundCloud by clicking here.
    September 07, 2017

    Member Call to Action – Submission of Comments to CMS

    SCAI submitted comments on Sept. 6 to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in response to the 2018 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) proposed rule. In the rule, CMS proposed “blending” the non-surgical and surgical malpractice factors used on rate setting for cardiology. This proposal would negatively impact SCAI members with a reduction in values for all Interventional Cardiology procedure codes (approximately 10 percent reduction across the board)...
    August 16, 2017

    CMS Cancels AMI Bundled Payment Program - Leaves Door Open for Resurrection of Voluntary Program

    SCAI has been closely watching developments regarding a proposed HHS/CMS rule, filed with the Office of Management and Budget on August 10, titled “Cancellation of Advancing Care Coordination through Episode Payment and Cardiac Rehabilitation Incentive Payment Models; Changes to Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Payment Model (CMS-5524-P).” Based on the title, it has been anticipated that the mandatory AMI Bundled Program would be canceled. In April, SCAI expressed concerns and recommended revisions to the program that was slated to go into effect January 1, 2018, in a letter to Secretary Price.